Nestled on a rocky peninsula under of the Caprione promontory, between Lerici, the beaches of Fiascherino and the cliffs which lead to Punta Corvo and end at the mouth of the Magra river, there sits the small village of Tellaro.
A tiny cluster of houses overlooking the sea, whose origins probably date back to Etruscan times, but the form we know today was developed in the Fourteenth Century, when the inhabitants of Barbazzano left the small hill town – of which only the ruins remain today – running from an epidemic of plague and choosing a healthier area to move to. It originated a masterpiece of urban planning and architecture perfectly integrated into the landscape that, in 2004, has earned the village the inclusion in the Most Beautiful Villages of Italy, selected by the ANCI.
After leaving the road that from Lerici, through Maralunga and Fiascherino, lies close to the village and here ends, we can continue to walk to reach the square that houses the principal business activities of the country and then we can go into the narrow alleys of the oldest suburb. Steps in tunnels, steep stairs and narrow crossing streets lead us, with a sudden descent, the one small port to the sea.
A few feet above the crashing waves, turning on the outer edge of the village, with tall buildings on one side and the thin metal railing that protects us from the rocks below you can walk towards the end of the village where the Sixteenth Century Church of San Giorgio stands like a ship leaving the harbor. To the Church and to its charming location overlooking the sea is linked the story of the legendary rescue of Tellaro. It is said that, on a night in 1660, the little town was about to be attacked by Saracen pirates covered by the thick mist rising from the sea, when from the depth of the abyss emerged a giant octopus that clung to the rope of bells, ringing them repeatedly, waking up the population and warding the attackers away.
Tellaro represents another must-see stop on a route between land and sea in the Gulf of Poets. A dense network of trails connects it to other seaside towns on the coast, but allows to go up on the hill behind it, where the Mediterranean maquis alternates with sequences of terraced vineyards and olive groves, to reach the ghost towns of Portesone and Barbazzano or to the village with which it shares to the primacy of beauty, that of Montemarcello, which dominates the promontory of Caprione, linking the valley of the Magra with the Ligurian coast.
Source: Trame di Lunigiana